Practice Activity: Consonant Sounds that Pop. Let's practice these sounds that start with a popping motion. /p/, /b/, /t/, /d/, /k/, /g/, /tf/ and /d3/. Here's a pronunciation hint, when you say the voiceless popping sounds /p/, /t/, /k/, and /tf/ at the beginning of a word, there should be a small puff of air. This is important because without this puff of air, people might hear these sounds as the voiced sounds /b/, /d/, /g/, and /d3/. So how can you tell you're pronouncing these sounds with a puff of air? Hold up a small piece of tissue paper or a feather in front of your mouth as you say the sounds. If there's a puff of air, the paper should move. Now, find a piece of thin paper and hold it in front of your mouth. Say these words and watch to be sure the paper moves a bit. Pin, two, can, chin. Now, try these words with a paper in front of your mouth. The paper should not move. Bill, do, go, jam. Now, let's try reading this story that has lots of popping sounds. You'll have a chance to repeat each part. Last Tuesday, the Thomas family decided to have a party For their daughter Jenny's 10th birthday. They packed a picnic lunch with sandwiches, chips, and cake. And drove to a beautiful beach. Since Jenny likes baseball, they brought along a plastic ball and bat. They played baseball for quite a while. And when they felt tired, they stopped to eat. After their delicious lunch, Jenny opened her presence- A giant toy giraffe, a coloring book, and a chess set. The whole family enjoyed Jenny's birthday party at the beach. Let's review. I'll say a word and you decide what sound it starts with, then practice saying the word. The first word is birthday, birthday. What is the first sound in this word? Yes, the first sound is [SOUND]. Now, say the word birthday. The next word is picnic, picnic. What is the first sound in this word? Yes, the first sound is [SOUND]. Now, say the word picnic. The next word is tired, tired. What's the first sound in this word? Yes, the first sound is [SOUND]. Now, say the word tired. The next word is children, children. What's the first sound in this word? Yes, the first sound is [SOUND]. Now, say the word children. The last word is cook, cook. What's the first sound in this word? Yes, the first sound is [SOUND]. Now, say the word cook. Thank you for practicing the consonant sounds of English that pop.